I ran quite a few speed tests, all in different situations and at 3 different broadband test sites. First I ran tests with the network router in use, I got varying speeds from 550kbps to around 1050kbps tops. Then I ran a few without the network router connected and got similar speeds but a few maybe as high as 1280kbps. Then I powered everything down and 'flushed' the routers. Kicked it back on with all routers in use and got screaming speed readings of 1250kbps all the way up to 1437.8kbps! Unheard of and very strange for my connection. I am running a 1.5Mbps DSL connection through Verizon. I'm thinking maybe it could be something with my DSL router...? It is a Fujitsu and about 2 1/2 yrs old. Maybe I will see about getting it upgraded.
Thanks for your help.